Full View - Gold Leaf End Table

This lovely end table was found at a local yard sale for $7.00. The finish was quite weary, but the construction was sound. I sanded the piece, and applied one coat of mahogany stain.

Close Up Finish - Gold Leaf End table

I wanted to let the color of the stain show through, so I applied a thin coat of Antique Gold Metallic FolkArt Paint. Then, I gently wiped off some of the paint so the stain could be seen. To thin the paint, it was diluted with a faux glaze.


The top was painted with two coats of Antique Gold Metallic FolkArt Paint.

Close Up Top

To create the lace design, an old lace curtain panel was placed over the top, and the side edge was taped off. One light coat of satin black spray paint was applied.

The top was then sealed with several coats of clear spray enamel.

Full View

This little table is a very charming & versatile piece.
And to think, it only cost $7.00 plus the cost of paint.



The first time I purchased the flat linen white paint was at K-mart. It was part of the Martha Stewart Line. Since then I have had it mixed at Home Depot. If you let them know the brand and name of the paint color, they can mix it for you. Lowes can probably so the same thing.


Rub 'n Buff by Amaco is magical. Most Craft Stores only carry the silver & gold, but there are many more wonderful colors/tints available.

The following are some Online suppliers I have located:
This place has great prices.
The prices are very good, and they also have many other unique supplies. I plan to spend a little more time checking out this site.
Their prices here are not discounted, however, they do have a very good selection. Also, this is the only place I have ordered from. I plan to try the other places listed, and will update this page when I have more information.

Comments: If you have never tried the Rub n' Buff products, you are missing out on a "Golden" opportunity. This product, combined with Folk Art Paints can turn very plain and ordinary items into real "Gems & Jewels".

When you use the Rub n' Buff, it works best to apply it with your finger. The product has a wax base, so the body heat helps make the paint transfer more evenly.


FolkArt has a wide variety of metallic paint colors. You can find FolkArt paint at Wal-Mart and Craft Stores. If you prefer to shop on-line has great prices.

Ways to give Old Pieces a New Look:






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